Volodymyr Zelensky must remember to defend all freedoms. One of them is religious liberty. Ukraine will never be really free without the Orthodox church – even when it belongs to the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Russo-Ukrainian War started on February 24, 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine. Read all articles on the developments in this war on this page.
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On Sunday morning, churches in Ukraine welcome newcomers. Even on weekdays, more people come to the evening prayers. Is there an evangelical revival two years after the Russian invasion? Or is it an awakening? Many Protestant leaders see more spiritual need.
Army chaplains in Ukraine bake pizzas for numb, traumatised soldiers. A warm, human gesture amid the horrors at the front. "The doctor shouted to me, "Chaplain, pray harder!" Moments later, the patient got his heartbeat back."
What to do after victory, Oleksii Blyzniuk wondered in late October. But what victory? As long as corruption exists, it is impossible to win. Because the war is a profitable business for some high-ranking officials, he says now.
"Putin is supported by two-thirds of the countries in the world," claimed the missiologist and professor Johannes Reimer at a lecture in the Baptist church of Berlin-Lichtenberg on 9 December. "That's because he's the one who has stood up to the West."